The new 2023 Corvette E-Ray was shown to the public at various locations across the United States. This is the first AWD Corvette and also the first to be electrified. GM displayed a red Corvette E-Ray at the General Motors Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with two others being shown at GM’s proving grounds in Milford, Michigan and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Exactly 70 years after the Corvette was officially unveiled at Motorama in New York City,
Chevrolet has returned to introduce the first-ever electrified Corvette with four-wheel drive and a powerful 6.2-liter LT2 small-block V8 engine, the 2024 E-Ray.
Engineered to withstand all seasons and terrain, the new Corvette E-Ray model is available in removable-roof coupe and hard-top convertible models. The model uses electrification to further enhance the driving experience with intense straight-ahead driving and enhanced grand touring capabilities in all-weather situations that can only be achieved with an eAWD.
The Corvette E-Ray is the only sports car capable of coupling two separate powertrains to deliver naturally aspirated V8 performance with electrified responsiveness powered by eAWD. In addition, the E-Ray accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and completes a quarter mile distance in 10.5 seconds, making it the fastest production Corvette in history.
Powered by a 6.2-liter LT2 small-block V8 engine, the new model produces 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. The engine is complemented by an electric motor that adds an additional 160 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque through the front wheel via a 1.9 kWh battery pack mounted between the seats. As a result, maximum combined power output is 655 hp and 595 lb-ft of torque from both the V8 engine and electric motor.
The new lightweight 12-volt lithium-ion battery is charged by regenerative energy during coasting, braking and normal driving, eliminating the need for plug-in charging. In addition, the battery also supports the start-stop function of the LT2 V8 engine.
The Corvette E-Ray also features the standard Brembo carbon-ceramic braking system for optimal braking performance, standard Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 with three suspension settings, a visceral sound experience, an improved list of driver assistance technologies, and a lower and wider stance with hand-crafted body design in comparison to stingrays.
The new model was fitted with a set of 20-inch and 21-inch wheels in combination with Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tires. In addition, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires are optionally available with a performance package.
E-Ray offers six rider-selectable riding modes; Tour, Sport, Track, Weather, My Mode, Z Mode and Stealth Mode. Stealth mode allows for pure electric driving when selected at launch, and is designed to quietly leave the neighborhood with a top speed of 45mph.
The new model will also be included; four aluminum wheel finishes, an E-Ray exclusive full body stripe package in Electric Blue, standard carbon flash badging, available black tailpipes and bright badging, carbon fiber ground effects, optional carbon fiber wheels in carbon flash, visible carbon fiber -Finish or visible carbon fiber with a red stripe and fourteen exterior colors to choose from including the new 2024 Riptide Blue, Seawolf Gray and Cacti.
The E-Ray’s interior also introduces the all-new Artemis Dipped interior, which features complementary deep shades of green on almost every interior surface (available only on 2024 Corvettes). Customers can also personalize their E-Ray interior with multiple options including two carbon fiber trim packages, three seating options, seven interior colors and more.
The 2024 Corvette will go on sale in 2023 with an MSRP of $104,295 for the 1LZ coupe and $111,295 for the 1LZ convertible model. Production is slated to take place at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly facility in Kentucky from US and worldwide sourced parts.
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